Lawyers should embrace technology says President

September 22, 2017 2 comments

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The family justice system must recognise an increasing appetite for online options, the President of the Family Division has declared. Speaking at YRes, a conference for recently qualified solicitors, Sir James Munby highlighted the growing importance of technology in the delivery of justice. While acknowledging that not every case is suitable for processing via the…

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Cafcass figures, McKenzie friends, and more

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September 22, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for August 2017, and the news was again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,241 care applications, which is a 1.5 per cent decrease compared with those received in August 2016, giving further…

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The Supreme Court: Under new management (from Solicitors Journal)

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September 22, 2017 1 comment

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This article was first published by Solicitors Journal on 05/09/17, and is reproduced by kind permission. The magazine closes at the end of September. From 2 October the Supreme Court will be under new management as Baroness Hale of Richmond assumes the role of president, following the retirement of her (actually slightly younger) colleague, Lord Neuberger of…

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Labour: bring back legal aid

September 22, 2017 6 comments

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The government should spend an additional £400 million a year in order to create a more generous legal aid system, Labour have recommended. Prior to their party conference, which kicks off on Sunday in Brighton, the party has issued a report critical of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act passed by…

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‘Find another way’ DoE tells failing council

September 22, 2017 0 comments

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Worcestershire County Council has been told to find a fresh approach to child protection services by the Department for Education. The County Council received a bottom-of-the-class “inadequate” rating following an inspection by Ofsted in January. There were “widespread and serious” failings in the council’s approach to child protection the inspectorate insisted. Overall control of the…

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